Girls basketball: Benton takes 1-4A lead; Airline, Plain Dealing win

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The Benton Lady Tigers took sole possession of first place in District 1-4A with a 51-47 victory over the Woodlawn Lady Knights on Friday night in Benton.

Benton (20-7, 4-0) became the first team — boys or girls — to hit the 20-win mark in Bossier Parish this season.

Meanwhile, the Bossier Lady Kats suffered their first District 1-4A loss in heartbreaking fashion, falling to the Minden Lady Tiders 65-60 in OT at Bossier. Bossier dropped to 16-5 overall and 3-1 in 1-4A.

In 1-5A, Airline nipped Byrd 52-51 at Airline and Haughton fell to Evangel Christian Academy 56-43 at Evangel.

The Parkway Lady Panthers gave 1-5A leader Southwood all it wanted at before falling 46-35 at home. The game was tied at 17 at the half. Only Evangel has played the Lady Cowboys as close through five district games.

In 1-1A, Plain Dealing routed Homer 50-22 at home.

At Benton, the Lady Tigers led the Lady Knights 26-21 at the half but fell behind by two going into the fourth quarter. It was a tied at 47 with just over a minute left. Brandy Harris hit four big free throws down the stretch.

Harris led Benton with 19 points, and Emily Ward had 16.

At Bossier, the Lady Kats got off to a slow start and trailed 13-6 after the first quarter. Minden still led by three at the half, but Bossier pulled into a tie going into the fourth. The game went into OT tied at 52.

Brittany Wallace and Necka Wynn both had big games for the Lady Kats. Wallace grabbed 18 rebounds to go with her 12 points. Wynn scored 19. Tia Walker added 11 points.

At Airline, the Lady Vikings (10-11, 4-2) posted their fourth straight victory. Tyra Kidd led the way with 25 points. Traciona Russell added eight points and Camila Rodriguez seven. Airline rallied from a three-point deficit after three quarters.

At Plain Dealing, Teauna Perry poured in 18 points to lift the Lady Lions (16-6, 7-1) past Homer. Darmseha Noble added nine.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com